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Various Artists Gene Vincent Connection (CD)

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1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 36 tracks. Total playing time c. 78 min.   To mark... more

Various Artists: Gene Vincent Connection (CD)

1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 36 tracks. Total playing time c. 78 min.
 
  • To mark the 50th anniversary of Gene Vincent's death, this unique compilation of originals and rare cover versions of classic Gene Vincent tracks will be released!  
  • This edition in Bear Family's 'Connections' series presents the songs in chronological order - and as Gene Vincent recorded them. 
  • With 36 interpretations from 1952-1966, we show the influence of 'Mr. Be-Bop-A-Lula' on the international music scene as well as artists who gave Gene Vincent their masterpieces!
  • Among them we count a whole series of famous peers such as Bobby Darin, Kay Starr or Jerry Vale.
  • The British in particular celebrated Gene Vincent; accordingly, many British recordings are included by Marty Wilde, Terry Dene and Vince Taylor, a.o.!
  • France ( Les Chats Sauvages with Dick Rivers, Les Chaussettes Noires) is represented as well as Scandinavia (Rock-Ragge, The Spotnicks) and Australia (Johnny Rebb, Terry Dean).                                                                                                                       
  • Many rarities are among them like an extremely rare live recording of British artist, Wee Willie Harris, and The Voices, an almost unknown group.                                                                                                                     
  • The 36-page color booklet contains the story on the subject, written by well-known music journalist Bill Dahl, with many often rare photos and memorabilia!

Cat Man
Gene Vincent's stage show, especially with the Blue Caps, was extremely energetic and simply sensational. While the band swept across the stage, Gene (handicapped in the leg by an accident) was "tied" to the microphone stand. His cat-like movements around the mic stand and a song with just that title made him the 'Cat Man'. This was further solidified when Gene began performing in black leather in 1960, copied from the British Vince Taylor, who is also represented here. Gene's European presence through numerous tours explains why huge numbers of combos in Europe covered Gene Vincent’s music. 

Be-Bop-A-Lula
Be-Bop-A-Lula remains Gene Vincent's biggest hit, a rock'n'roll classic to be heard here in several different versions. Moreover, Vincent did record this song several times throughout his career. But Gene Vincent is much more than just 'Mr. Be-Bop-A-Lula'! This compilation proves this with original versions of songs Gene recorded later, such as Woman Love by Jimmy Johnson, Hadda Brooks' Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back, or Milt Trenier's I'm Gonna Catch Me A Rat. Gene Vincent himself has been covered extensively. We've compiled the most interesting versions here, including a rare live recording by Wee Willie Harris from Portuguese television in 1959 - first time on CD.  Also very nice are the two Steve Drexel recordings related to the movie 'Hot Rod Gang', starring Drexel and Gene Vincent. 

Gene Vincent's career is highlighted from the beginning (The Voices Race With The Devil) to 1961 (The Spotnicks I'm Going Home). The 36-page color booklet includes the background story written by Bill Dahl, and lavish illustrations. Gene lives! 

Article properties: Various Artists: Gene Vincent Connection (CD)

  • Interpret: Various Artists

  • Album titlle: Gene Vincent Connection (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 5397102176203

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Vincent, Gene - Gene Vincent Connection (CD) CD 1
01 Race With The DevilThe Voices
02 Be-Bop-A-LulaMax K. Lipscomb
03 Woman Love Jimmy Johnson
04 Up A Lazy River Bobby Darin
05 Peg O' My Heart Jerry Vale
06 Bluejean BopRock-Ragge & His Four Comets
07 Jump Back Honey, Jump Back Hadda Brooks
08 Blues Stay Away From Me Kay Starr
09 Who Slapped JohnRock-Ragge & His Four Comets
10 Double Talkin' BabyBobby Milano
11 Red Blue Jeans And A PonytailFreddy Franks
12 Five Days, Five Days Vince Eager
13 Lotta Lovin'Dean Hagopian & The Regals
14 Rollin' Danny (Acetate)Max K. Lipscomb
15 Dance To The Bop Steve Drexel & The Cut-Ups
16 Somebody Help MeTommy & The Tom Toms
17 I Got A BabyJack Roubik & The T-J's
18 Baby Blue Steve Drexel & The Cut-Ups
19 Should I Ever Love Again Rusty Draper
20 Git ItTerry Dean & The Rebels
21 Teenage PartnerThe Super-Phonics
22 Five Feet Of Lovin' Freddy Robinson
23 Rocky Road Blues Vince Taylor & The Playboys
24 Say Mama (live) Wee Willie Harris
25 Maybelline Johnny Rebb & His Rebels
26 High Blood PressureHuey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns
27 Anna AnnabelleLes Chats Sauvages avec Dick Rivers
28 Pretty Little Pearly Terry Dene
29 Petite Sheila (She She Little Sheila) Les Chaussettes Noires
30 Big Fat Rock & RollGene Princeton (Gene Rambo)
31 Right Here On Earth Johnny Rebb & His Rebels
32 Be-Bop-A-LulaJunior Shank & The Jesters
33 Gonna Catch Me A RatMilton Trenier
34 It's Been Nice Marty Wilde
35 Be-Bop-A-Lula Les Chaussettes Noires
36 I'm Going Home (To See my Baby) The Spotnicks
Gene Vincent Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk,... more
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Gene Vincent

Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. Actually the precise order of his forenames has been the subject of some discussion over the years, and when Gene filled out his application for a social security card, he gave his name as Vincent E. Craddock and although 11th February appears on his birth certificate, his mother continually claimed that it should have read 17th, while his sister Evelyn favoured 22nd. That was how it always was with Gene. Nothing was quite the way it seemed and even the simplest things had a habit of ending up in dispute.

He enjoyed an unremarkable childhood and never progressed beyond an eighth grade education, eventually dropping out and enlisting in the navy at nearby Richmond, Virginia on 19th February 1952 at the age of seventeen. After basic training, he was assigned as a deckhand on USS Chuckawan and in time upgraded to become a boiler man. He would fill the long hours on board by singing and strumming his guitar but only for relaxation and never with any thoughts of fame and fortune.

His one passion, other than girls, was for motorcycling. By mid 1955 he had upgraded from his first small bike to a powerful Triumph and had effected a transfer to shore duties where he was working as a despatch rider attached to the naval base in Norfolk.

The episode which changed Gene Craddock's life forever occurred in July 1955 and as usual there are several different versions of the incident. It is however generally accepted that a woman driving a Chrysler jumped a red light and a sickening collision left him with a permanent injury to his left leg which had been almost severed just above the shin.

The doctors favoured amputation and with hindsight this would have been the best option, but he always fought against the ultimate solution and consequently lived the rest of his life in various degrees of pain. For six months he was in and out of Portsmouth Naval Hospital, hobbling around on crutches with his whole leg encased in plaster. This already serious injury was made worse because of his apparent unwillingness to rest the wound and on several occasions the doctors were obliged to re-set the leg because it was not healing satisfactorily.

During the period of his recuperation another event took place which was destined to shape the future of Gene Craddock's life. For two nights on 11th and 12th September 1955, Elvis Presley came to Norfolk and Gene was among the capacity audience at the City Auditorium as teenagers rioted and mobbed him, literally tearing his clothes apart for souvenirs. The audience reaction to Presley must have had a dramatic effect on the youngster, whose own career prospects were no longer looking very promising. From then on, singing rock 'n' roll was all that Gene ever wanted to do with his life.

Presley's appearance in Norfolk, Virginia had been sponsored by a local radio station, WCMS, and when in February 1956 they called for neighbourhood talent to audition for a new show, 'Country Showtime,' Gene overcame his shyness and sang Presley's song Heartbreak Hotel, creating sufficient impact to qualify for the finals which were held at the Carnival Room in Norfolk. This time he performed an unknown song Be-Bop-A-Lula, backed by the Virginians, who were the WCMS house band and included one, Ervin Williams, in their line-up on rhythm guitar. Gene caused such a stir that he and the Virginians quickly became regulars on 'Country Showtime' and even played a few live shows at a local car lot on the weekends.

It was WCMS disc jockey Bill 'Sheriff Tex' Davis who had the foresight to really kick start young Gene Craddock's career. A few months earlier he had made brief contact with Ken Nelson of Capitol Records at the Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville. He rang through to him in California and was greeted with unexpected enthusiasm. RCA had recently purchased Presley's contract from Sun and with their greater financial muscle and superior distribution network were rapidly elevating him to stardom. Capitol did not have any rock 'n' roll singers to compete with RCA and although Ken Nelson had no personal interest in the music, he was astute enough to realise that they needed to climb aboard this latest bandwagon, and quickly.

Sheriff Tex Davis gathered together a group of local musicians which comprised Ervin 'Willie' Williams from the Virginians on rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Cliff Gallup, Jack Neal on double bass, plus fifteen year old school boy, Dickie Harrell on drums and on 9th April, they recorded a demo of Be-Bop-A-Lula which was duly dispatched to Nelson at Capitol. For three weeks they heard nothing, but when he finally called, it was an excited Ken Nelson who invited them to Nashville to make a record.

The whirlwind that became Gene's life had begun and he was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. They arrived in Nashville on 3rd May and holed up at the Andrew Jackson Hotel until the following day, when they would record one of the popular music's greatest records, an anthem of rock 'n' roll. This inexperienced gaggle of musicians who had hardly played together and really had little idea what they were doing, were about to hit the jackpot.

Ken Nelson was having second thoughts about the whole project and fearing that this unpromising looking troupe would be less than competent, had assembled a team of session musicians to accompany Gene. There was however one ace in their pack and that was guitarist, Cliff Gallup. As soon as he started to play, the session musicians were sent home and Nelson pinned all his hopes on the five of them. Cliff Gallup was something special and he would in time be recognised as one of rock music's great guitarists. It was indeed fortunate that he was at Gene's side at this vital time of his life.

Three of the four songs recorded that first day open this new collection of Vincent's greatest work. Race With The Devil was a driving rocker containing some wonderfully original guitar work from Gallup which fitted beautifully around Gene's hiccuppy vocals, while Woman In Love was an even wilder slab of rock 'n' roll, on which he literally panted his way through partially unintelligible lyrics. Ken Nelson had great difficulty in the studio because Gene's soft voice was being overpowered by the guitars and drums, so eventually he was made to sing from another room to obtain the necessary separation...

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